Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono


Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

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This is fairly pathetic predictable stuff. Why footballers? Why not hedge funders or retail magnates or those with vast unearned inherited wealth? Why not the Prince of Wales?

These are such strange times, so to manage the feelings of isolation some pals and I have created to help stay positive, healthy, well fed, happy and creative. Come and join us!

Doing more gardening during #uklockdown? Garden designer extraordinaire Ann-Marie Powell is doing up her family garden and posting how-to videos over on @myrealgarden Can't wait to see how it progresses...

I am writing a London focussed list based on my national list so please let me know if you are a London based producer / shop / restaurant / butcher etc that is delivering to the public. Thanks!

Next Sunday’s @BBCFoodProg is about eating dishes that are simple/made with what you’ve got/ tasty / & will cheer you & keep you in good fettle. Here’s my way with something from the back of the cupboard. Forgot to say that for final step I also added lots of slow-fried onions

So... my new book is out today - 101 Things for Kids to do Screen Free. You know... in case anyone with kids is running out of ideas.

Best bit? Almost zero parental involvement required.

And hey, it's Easter holidays - we can give the home schooling a break now surely?

Here’s Michael Gove 3 days ago saying we don’t need to be part of the EU ventilator scheme because we can produce them on our own as an “independent nation”.

Ventilators on their way this weekend: 30.

Now is the perfect time to bake some bread! Lots of independent shops still have flour. Will also share my wholemeal Irish soda bread soon. 9 here to start! ---- Cooking in the Time of Corona: 9 Recipes for Homemade Bread, Flatbreads and Pizza

'With flour being a hard to find commodity right now, this is rice’s moment'. I am determined to make @abrowntable's recipe for dosas before the lockdown is over. I've never seen the whole process broken down so clearly.

Today's useful recipe with, I hope, the right link now.
One pot South American-spiced chicken, beans and rice